|That's at least a weeks' worth of email!|
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But how can you handle that email without making the recipient feel obligated to immediately respond? One way is to set an expectation with your coworkers that they are not obligated to respond to after-hours correspondence (which I do), but another way is to compose the email, but schedule it to go out on the next business day. I actually use a Mac Mail plug in called SendLater (although now called MailButler) that does this exact thing. Microsoft Outlook has a similar feature built in. This way I can tend to the email when convenient for me, yet not burden others unnecessarily. Of course, my first priority is to get the email done during the work day, but this works for me as a backup when needed. So for those of you who may have noticed flurries of emails from me at 7:00am sharp on weekdays, now you know why!
This is something I've been thinking about for a long time, but I have to admit that my post was in response to reading David Hansson's (the creator of Ruby on Rails) comments found here. That's also where I borrowed #WorkCanWait. So kudos to David!
I also recently read John Halamka's post on business spam - BIDMC has instituted a "Zero Tolerance" policy and has set up a blacklist on their network using a commercially available appliance. That's another approach to simplifying our work lives, and one I'd love to try out!
So let's all roll up our sleeves and get to work ... enjoying our newfound free time! I've been meaning to teach myself how to play the guitar ...